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Parliament set to cut Bt8bn IT budget

By The Nation

 

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NLA president Pornpetch Wichitcholchai inspects construction of the new parliament building.

 

The Bt8-billion budget to install IT equipment in the newly constructed parliament building must reportedly be decreased after the Cabinet refused to approve it.

 

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) president, Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, on Thursday said that the budget, originally set to be around Bt3 billion, almost tripled following plans to install equipment such as microphones, voting machines and security systems.

 

The IT budget had been cut out once in 2013 when the then-Cabinet approved a Bt12-billion overall budget to construct the building.

 

“My duty is only to conduct the construction project to move forward. I have no authority to order or infringe on any operation,” Pornpethc said.

 

“However, as there are complaints about too expensive procurement, I might ask them to consider decreasing the budget and also perhaps to tone down the expected quality of equipment,” he added.

 

Today’s meeting should resolve by how much the budget would be deducted, said Lower House secretary general Sorasak Peinwet.

 

“Some technology considered too costly today might become cheap in just a year or two,” Sorasak said. “If they said the microphones and clocks are too expensive, I will adjust the prices.”

 

He was referring to microphones and clocks, budgeted at Bt170,000 and Bt70,000 respectively, originally proposed to be equipped in the building with “advanced technologies”.

 

The microphones would be installed with a fingerprint scanning system to facilitate voting procedures while the clocks were supposed to be highly precise.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30345683

 
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What happened to the very expensive clocks in the

present parliament building ?,could they not be reused

in new building,if still ticking,i suppose the response

would be new parliament ,must have new expensive

clocks, wonder what the budget is for the golden troughs,

they must be desperate to get their snouts in,after quite

a while without the opportunity for "commissions".

regards worgeordie

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6 minutes ago, webfact said:

the budget, originally set to be around Bt3 billion, almost tripled following plans to install equipment such as microphones, voting machines and security systems.

Thailand 4.0 downgraded. Seems like the huge amount of money being spent by the PM on the junta election campaign is having an impact on expenditure in other areas.

 

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10 minutes ago, worgeordie said:

What happened to the very expensive clocks in the

present parliament building ?,could they not be reused

in new building,if still ticking,i suppose the response

would be new parliament ,must have new expensive

clocks, wonder what the budget is for the golden troughs,

they must be desperate to get their snouts in,after quite

a while without the opportunity for "commissions".

regards worgeordie

Prawit's taken them to add to his watch collection

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Thailand -8.0 (bn)?

 

On the other hand, why would they need expensive voting machines in that puppet parliament anyway when everything's decided on, approved and signed into law by a perpetually grumpy song composer, his watch-collecting BFF and other assorted clique members.

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A super precise clock, because the amount of time they spend deliberating the Juntas suggestions is down to milliseconds. They are only allowed 2

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